2010 Hall of Honor
CLASS OF 1992
Size and strength on the football field sometimes carries with it an impression of aggression and attitude. For Bryant Fillion, those traits were never a part of his All-American career at Beloit College. Described by many – friends, professors and coaches – as a thoughtful, intellectual, and easy going person, he had a unique ability and desire to do the less-than-glamorous work of an offensive lineman, and his reward was earning All-American and First Team All-Conference honors three times for the Buccaneers. A four-year letterwinner for the Bucs, Fillion was an Honorable Mention All-American in 1989 and moved up to the Third Team in 1990. His senior season, in addition to serving as a co-captain, he went out on top, earning Second Team honors on the Champion All-American Team and First Team laurels for Don Hansen’s Football Gazette. Prior to that season he was a Sporting News Pre-Season All-American choice. Fillion anchored a line that helped produce two of Beloit’s top five all-time leading rushers. During his four-year tenure on the line, the Buccaneers rushed for over 9,200 yards, went 29-9 and captured two Midwest Conference North Division Championships.
CLASS OF 1997
Ambition and desire drove Alina Soros from a young age. A very competitive person both academically and athletically, she competed to excel in the classroom and competed to win on the volleyball court. A four-year letterwinner and four-year First Team All-Midwest Conference honoree, Soros showed from her very first season at Beloit that she was going to be something special, leading NCAA Division III in service aces per set (1.28). She was named the MWC Player of the Year in 1995 while leading the Buccaneers to their first-ever Conference Championship. At the end of her Beloit Volleyball career she held seven game, team and career records and continues to be on top in three of those categories today. But her athletic ability didn’t stop on the court. She also earned All-MWC recognition three times in Track & Field and set the Buccaneer javelin record in 1995, a record that stood until 2005. After graduation, Soros earned her Masters degree in Industrial Relations at UW-Madison and worked for six years in the Human Resources department at General Motors in Janesville. After a short time in Key West, Florida, she is now back in her hometown of Houston, Texas, where she is the Human Resources Manager for a chemical company.
CLASS OF 1998
Diligence and desire. Christina Pape used those words as key points in her graduation speech to the Beloit class of 1998. They are also two words that describe the way Pape carried herself through an honor-filled four-year career in both basketball and softball. A four-year letterwinner in both sports, she earned First Team All-Midwest Conference honors three times in basketball and once in softball. In basketball, she started her career with the Most Improved Award and progressed to the Best Offensive Player in her junior season and finally to the Beloit and MWC Player of the Year as a senior. Along the way she helped lead the team to three MWC Championships while scoring the third-most points in Buccaneer history with 1,288. In softball, she was a member of Beloit’s first, and only, MWC Championship team in 1996 and helped lead the team to 61 wins in her four seasons. After graduation, she earned her Masters in Counseling and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at UW-Madison. She is currently the Assistant Dean in the College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Academic Services Office at Wisconsin, where she follows her desire to “make a difference in a student’s life” by creating systems and communications which facilitate timely degree completion.
CLASS OF 1999
Tennis may very well have been an after-thought for Marina “Masha” Prudnikova as she headed to Beloit College but it was definitely a great thing for the Buccaneer Women’s Tennis team. Active in the sport beginning at the age of six, her hard worked paid dividends when she was ranked one of the top five players in her age group in the Ukraine every year. That experience, discipline and talent paid off in a big way for two years when she stood at the top of the Midwest Conference women’s tennis ladder. As a member of the team for two seasons, she made every practice and match count with back-to-back MWC #1 singles championships and two Buccaneer Most Valuable Player honors. She also earned ITA Division III All-American laurels for both her play on the court and her work in the classroom. Prudnikova rose as high as #9 in the national rankings in the Spring of 1999, when she was also the #1-ranked player in the Region, rising up from #4 in her first season and #3 in her second. In addition to being stellar on the court, Masha was also a stand out in the classroom earning a near-4.0 GPA in economics and business. After graduation she earned her MBA from Northern Illinois University and is currently in Supply Chain Management at Woodward Governor Company in Rockford.